24 August 2019

BSB launches review of scope of practice rules

We have started to scope a project that will review certain aspects of Part 3 section B (the scope of practice rules) of the BSB Handbook. The rules cover:

  • the requirement to practise with authorisation;
  • provision of reserved legal activities and of legal services;
  • scope of practice in different capacities (eg self-employed, employed).

Two broad themes have been identified that will form the focus of the review. These are:

  • authorisation/practising requirements; and
  • the provision of reserved/unreserved legal activities.

The purpose of the review will be to examine the existing rules from first principles, to define and better understand any problems in relation to scope of practice and to identify any specific areas of risk and consider how these might be mitigated.

To help build an evidence base, we have already carried out a survey on the use and function of qualified persons, and we are grateful to those who participated. The results of this survey will be published in the next couple of months and will inform our work on the authorisation and practising requirements.

For more information please email Kuljeet Chung, Policy Manager via kchung@barstandardsboard.org.uk.